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Switzerland: ‘You must wear the chador. You have to submit to me, otherwise I’ll kill you and nobody will catch me.’



The Muslim migrant from Afghanistan who made this threat apparently didn’t think for a second that he should adopt Swiss mores. He assumed that he should continue to act upon his Islamic principles in Switzerland, even where they conflicted with Swiss law and custom. And no one dared tell him otherwise.

“‘You have to wear the chador or I’ll kill you,’” translated from “«Du musst den Tschador tragen, sonst töte ich dich»,” by Reto Bollman, 20 Minuten, August 5, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):

A young woman residing in the canton of Vaud ended her relationship with a 30-year-old Afghan man in January. The young man could not cope at all with this separation, about which he was told by telephone. He had no other woman in mind in his life: “I’ll kill you and marry your corpse if I have to,” he threatened, in order to dissuade her from leaving him.

The Afghan made another threat in autumn 2021 on the premises of the Afghan embassy in Geneva, as reported by 20 Minuten. The 30-year-old didn’t like his girlfriend’s clothes. “You must wear the chador. You have to submit to me, otherwise I’ll kill you and nobody will catch me,” he said to the woman, who was his girlfriend at the time.

The young woman finally filed a complaint against the Afghan. He was now found guilty of the threat and attempted coercion and sentenced to a fine of 60 daily rates of CHF 30, suspended for two years and a fine of CHF 1,000. He also has to bear the procedural costs, which are set at CHF 960.

Burqa, niqab, chador, hijab
Many devout Muslim women see it as a religious duty to wear cloth. However, there are many different forms of concealment in Islam.

The burqa is not traditional Islamic clothing, and is a type of cloak that only leaves a close-meshed grille for the eyes. When the Taliban first ruled Afghanistan, they forced women to wear the burqa in public.
Burqa and niqab are often confused. The latter also veils the face, but a viewing slit remains free. It is usually combined with a long robe.

With the chador, which is mainly worn in Iran, the face remains free. However, the dark, floor-length cape covers the entire body.

Finally, the hijab is a headscarf that can be worn in many different ways. Sometimes loose and casual, sometimes tightly tied around the head.